The epic voyages proceed in The Tree of Water, the fourth experience in bestselling writer Elizabeth Haydon's acclaimed fable sequence for younger readers, The misplaced Journals of Ven Polypheme.
As Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, it's the accountability of younger Charles Magnus "Ven" Polypheme to shuttle the realm and search out magic hiding in undeniable sight. yet Ven must break out the clutches of the nefarious Thief Queen, ruler of the Gated urban, whose minions are trying to find him. His pal, the merrow Amariel, has the correct method to his trouble: Ven and Char will sign up for her to discover the realm underneath the sea.
As they trip during the sea, Ven reveals himself surrounded by means of wonders more than he can have ever imagined. however the fantastic thing about the sea is greater than matched via the hazards lurking inside its depths, and Ven and his neighbors quickly observe that during order to avoid wasting millions of blameless lives, they might need to sacrifice their very own. For every thing within the ocean must eat…
"A pleasant epic delusion that would allure a readership either older and more youthful than the objective audience." ―Booklist (starred evaluate) on The Floating Island
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Then they again to Ven. The thrum of her voice echoed in his ears, the tone sarcastic. “Sharks don’t have rudders, Ven,” she acknowledged. “That’s a fishing boat. ” Ven appeared up in addition. simply because the merrow had stated, what had gave the look of a tail at the shadow used to be only a piece of wooden, just like the hundreds and hundreds he had obvious synthetic in his family’s manufacturing facility. Even within the cool seawater, he might believe his face flip scorching. “How embarrassing,” he acknowledged. “I’m very sorry. ” The merrow shrugged. “Don’t inform me—tell them. ” She pointed on the hundreds of thousands of fish, now gazing him from in the seaweed. The sands on the backside shifted because the sunflower starfish angrily pulled out its tentacles and shook them. “Sorry, everyone,” Ven repeated. the varsity of fish regrouped and swam off in a huff. Ven might believe their annoyance of their thrum. The starfish crawled away, its fury transparent. within the distance Ven suggestion the ocean urchins had made use of his mistake to realize it slow and get away. Their thrum used to be farther away, and not more nervous. “Well, not less than the urchins made out well,” he acknowledged to Amariel and Char, who have been floating subsequent to him. “That’s now not humorous, Ven,” acknowledged the merrow sternly. “A shark caution is taken heavily via every person within the sea. A fake alarm doesn’t make you any neighbors, belief me. ” “I’ll you need to be extra careful,” Ven promised. “You had larger be. Come alongside, now. ” the 2 boys the merrow as she swam farther out into the depths. The deeper they went, fewer shells dotted the sandy ocean flooring. The sky, whereas nonetheless noticeable during the watery ceiling, was once growing to be hazier. purely the sunlight used to be nonetheless transparent, its rays spreading out within the eco-friendly water, making shafts of sunshine and shadow. “Where are we goin’, Amariel? ” Char requested. “I’ve misplaced all bearings. are you able to inform instructions within the sea? ” “Of path. ” The merrow’s voice was once disdainful. “Seafolk have much better feel of course than land-livers do. ” “I imagine what Char intended to invite was once what are you taking us to see,” Ven stated. “I’d prefer to be aware of that in addition. The harbor seems to be very diversified from beneath. ” He appeared up on the floor of the water and marveled on the variety of ships and small boats crusing by way of above them, ignorant of every little thing that lay underneath the waves. simply as he were after they have been at the decks of the Serelinda. “Well, along with displaying you the harbor of your individual land, i assumed we would cross open air it and discover the coral reef,” the merrow acknowledged. “This island is surrounded on nearly each part via an enormous wall of residing creatures that defend it from storms and excessive seas. it would be great that you should get to work out them—and perhaps say thanks. ” “Good idea,” Ven acknowledged. “It will take some time to get to the reef—especially with you slowpokes. We’ll be fortunate if we get out of the harbor through dusk. We’re heading north, so i assume we will be able to make for the skelligs and sleep there this night, then head west to the reef within the morning, in the event you can see all of the shades and the creatures that dwell there. ” “Skelligs? ” The merrow sighed. “Black pointy hills within the sea off the coast.